Debra Wilson | BAVC

Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson

2015 National MediaMaker Fellows
A State of Mind
Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson

2015 National MediaMaker Fellows
A State of Mind

A State of Mind is a feature documentary that explores the stigma of mental illness through Alexander and his wife Timothy's love story. Alexander and Timothy's personal life experience living with a mental disorder provides an entry point to look at the ways in which African-Americans struggle with an inadequate mental health care system and the grievous social and cultural stigma people with mental illness face in our country.

Debra A. Wilson made her directorial debut with her film Butch Mystique, which screened in more than 30 film festivals worldwide and has won Jury and Audience Awards as well as Showtime’s Black Filmmakers Showcase. She directed her next documentary Jumpin’ the Broom: The New Covenant, that premiered on Showtime and Logo. In 2011 she directed the short documentary Ward 86 that is part of Still Around a feature-length compilation. Debra holds a B.A. in Television/Film Production from Cal-State University at Northridge.